(Closed) NWR: Medical Staff: How does PRN/On-Call Work?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 4
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

PRN usually just fills holes in the scheduling, you should get advanced notice for this. On-call means that youare avaiable to at a moments notice for those shifts (I have done 8 and 12 hours on-call shifts). You might get called in that day, you might not.

Post # 5
729 posts
Busy bee

You don’t have to put your life on hold. That would be on-call (for which they would have to pay you a little bit just for *being* on-call even if they don’t have you come in, and if they do call you in, you have to go). You can turn down a PRN shift if you already have plans. As long as you’re not constantly turning down shifts, it shouldn’t be a problem. They will ask you to cover shifts in advance and they’ll call you to cover if someone calls off work that day. You don’t have to agree to anything, although some places will have certain rules, like you have to work a minimum number of days per month or you have to work a weekend shift every so often. It does suck if you want more hours and they don’t have anything available so sometimes you might end up wanting to cancel your plans sometimes just to get a paycheck. Or you won’t have any plans and you’ll be hoping to get a phone call, and then they don’t. But overall it’s not that bad.


Post # 6
1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Like a previous poster mentioned, some companies have a certain amount of hours you have to fill per pay period, I would ask about this. I would also ask how much notice they have to give you, just so you’re prepared.

Post # 7
1663 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think you’re talking about two different things… I’m a social worker and we would define this as either per diem or on call.  Per diem means filling in holes, usually scheduled ahead of time (lead time depends on the company) but also covering sick time (ie can anyone work today)?


On call varies widely by agency and industry, but is always more last minute, if that makes sense.


I would talk with someone at the company about what you signed up for.

Post # 8
3126 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I know nothing about nursing, but why would you take this job? It sounds like you already hate the company you are going to work for and you haven’t even started yet! Do you need the money? If not, I would turn down the job since having a short period of employment at a company can look worse than having a longer period of unemployment if the unemployment is for the right reasons!

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